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Audit Finds ‘Double Dipping’ In State

March 8, 2013

A recent audit by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli showed that many New York state residents are “double dipping” the School Tax Relief program....

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Mar-08-13 7:37 AM

The whole program is ridiculous. Look at the money the state could save if they just cut out taxes. It costs a lot to implement this program, but it is another way to bloat gov. and get more of our money

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Mar-08-13 7:49 AM

Thomas DiNapoli could save the state a great deal more than $13MM if he would honor the obligation and duty of his office. Charged with investing state pension funds, DiNapoli has chosen not to maximize returns on investment, but to force shareholder resolutions that are intended to accomplish his social priorities. This includes his efforts to force oil companies to make unreasonable settlements with corrupt South American and African regimes. He claims in his annual report that NY pension funding is strong - but it is footnoted that investment returns have been poor, and pensions are being supported by direct payments from taxpayers.

Thomas DiNapoli needs to stop using his position as an agent for social change, and focus on his fundamental duty. Anything less is dereliction of duty.

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Mar-08-13 7:55 AM

Its about time the gov concentrates on waste and fraud.

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Mar-08-13 8:01 AM

You would think this would be something relatively easy to catch. Put in the person's (and their spouse's) ss# and see if they have any other property on which they are already getting the exemption.

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Mar-08-13 8:12 AM

Hey Randy Holcomb, how about doing a report that shows how many people are eligible for star exemption and are not getting it. Bet you want to keep that number quite. Told me I was SOL when I found out I had been eligible for 10 years but never got it, and never got credit for overpaying propety taxes for all those years. Told me it was my fault for not knowing it existed, when there was never any mention of it to property tax payers. In actuality many more property owners in NYS are eligible and do not know about it then are abusing it.

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Mar-08-13 8:56 AM

Askwhy, You are an idiot! How do you think that office is supposed to know when everybody turns 65. I saw the article Holcomb put in the newspaper telling taxpayers to apply if they are 65 and I went in and applied because I am 65 and they were the nicest people ever in that assessing office. But there was an idiot standing there in line to be waited on, was that you?

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Mar-08-13 1:01 PM

To askwhy, how could you have gone 10 years without knowing about the star program? I bought my house in November 2012 and within 2 months received a letter from the state telling me about the program. It is also published in the paper and on line. You must have ignored all media to have missed it.

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Mar-09-13 9:19 AM

@Goldenwomen, and ListenUp....Here is the rub and bet you are not aware... as I was not ...that the the basic star program is not just for seniors,.... although they make it sound that way in all print and radio media. Since the bank morgage pays my taxes I never saw if basic exemption was being claimed or not. I was also told by assesors office that this misundrstanding about Star exemption eligibility happens all the time. Many people assume it is or seniors only.

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Mar-10-13 9:12 AM

Askwhy- you are still wrong and stop blaming your ignorance on everyone else. By the sounds of your comments blame has been your lifelong practise.

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